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True Detective June 1997
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It always makes a good story when someone brilliant – like barrister Norman Birkett, for instance, comes up out of nowhere and wows everyone with their unsuspected genius. That is why our story, being a definitive case in point, is so splendid. Provocation as a defence to murder is tricky enough – but when the lawyer has only a few hours to read the whole of his notes, having been substituted at the last moment – well, read the story, it is quite remarkable.
The music of Marvin Gaye lives on, but who listening to his comfortable, melodic drawl (such a favourite of TV advertisement-makers) could associate the singer with murder? The Prince of Motown had already made a considerable name for himself and become a legend in his own lifetime when he was slain by his own father. Was it envy? Madness? We present you with the full, amazing story of the death of a star.
It could be said that Norman Green was insane – he came from the right genetic background. But what swayed the jury, and ensured that the Wigan Child-Killer Was Pierrepoint’s Last Client was coaxed out of a psychiatrist for the defence. For Green had said he made no attempt to control his urge to kill – in fact he thought he could have easily overcome it, if he had tried!
Finally, you may well have heard of the Billionaire Boys’ Club in the United States in the 1908s. We have the story of one of their many crimes, this one carried out by Joe Hunt the young founder of the club, which put him in prison for the rest of his natural life.
JUSTICE FOR BRITAIN’S FIRST "HAVE-A-GO" HERO
PAID FOR EVERY HEAD HE SEVERED!
DOUBLE EXECUTION AT DURHAM
Part One Of A New Series –
THE END OF A SWEET ROMANCE
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Celebrity Slayings That Shocked The World:
THE "PRINCE OF MOTOWN" MURDER
"SEND ME A LOVE LETTER, DOLLY"
New Series – Saved From The Noose
PASSION GROWS IN HOT PLACES
BREAKOUT FROM THE DEATH HOUSE
WIGAN CHILD-KILLER WAS PIERREPOINT’S LAST CLIENT
THE WORLD’S GREATEST DIAMOND SCAM